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Solutions Architect


Chicago, IL, US, 60631

Job ID:  46458
Estimated Travel:  0 - 25%
Contract Type:  Employee
Talent Area:  IT

Purpose of the Role:

To document and analyze business requirements; assess technical options leading to technical decisions and participate in the implementation of the chosen options. The Solution Architect bridges the gap between business problems and technology solutions providing specifications according to which the solution is defined, managed, and delivered.


Key Responsibilities

The solution architect focuses on solution level decision and analysis of their impact on the overall business goals and outcomes. The solution architect is directly responsible:

  1. Understanding the business applications and technology landscapes for Ardagh NA
  2. Leading discussions with business stakeholders and documents (business and technical) requirements
  3. Leading the business and IT applications assessments, evaluations & solution selection
  4. Designing and documenting viable technical solution architectures that support the business requirements
  5. Delivering of solution prototypes
  6. Participating as SME during project execution
  7. Aligning with the wider Domain Architecture community


Other responsibilities:


  • Translate business and technology requirements into a functional and economical solution architecture solutions.
  • Review and consult on the impact of new solutions across multiple domains, including business functions, end user experience, data management, integration.
  • Coordinate new development activities and ensure they are consistent and well-integrated with the established enterprise architecture and promote reuse and standards adoption.
  • Participate in key project and solution design reviews as part of the methodology process to ensure solutions adhere to enterprise architecture guidelines.
  • Development of solution architecture artifacts to address stakeholder concerns.
  • Interface with the business community and provide ongoing status reports.
  • Monitor regulatory guidelines (such as consumer privacy issues) to determine impact on enterprise architecture.
  • Monitor compliance and related guidance (such as data retention and audit requirements) to determine impact on enterprise architecture.
  • Monitor emerging industry standards to determine impact on enterprise architecture.
  • Support the PMO and delivery functions with technical expertise.
  • Lead IT innovation in emerging technology
  • Participation into the global Architecture governance process


Qualifications & Experience

  • Bachelor's degree in a related field
  • 5+ years working as SAP Solution Architect and delivering IT solutions
  • TOGAF Certification (preferable)
  • 5+ years of working in multiple solution architecture domains (Business, Application)
  • Experience with engineering and software architecture design
  • Deep understanding of Application development and application lifecycle management
  • Knowledge of project planning and management, including scope, time and resource management.
  • Ability to analyze project, program and portfolio needs
  • Experience with various information modeling techniques (such as data flow diagrams, entity-relationship diagrams or create/read/update/delete matrices).
  • Good understanding of IT infrastructure and cloud technologies
  • IT experience in a global operations environment
  • ITIL experience – at least to foundation level


  • Excellent communications skills to include fluency in English - both written and verbal
  • Leadership, Teamwork, Oral & written Communications, Project Management, Logical Analysis, Stakeholder Management, Business skills and methods, Business Processes, Strategic Planning, Application and integration modelling and design.
  • Experience designing and implementing Solution Architecture practices.
  • Knowledgeable in the design and construction architectures that enable well-integrated transactional, collaborative solutions.
  • Knowledge of problem analysis, structured analysis, and design techniques.
  • Ability to effectively adapt to rapidly changing technology and apply it to business needs.
  • Ability to establish and maintain a high level of customer trust and confidence.
  • Strong analytical and conceptual skills; ability to create original concepts/theories for a variety of stakeholders.
  • Ability to influence and negotiate

What we offer: 

  • Benefits day one! 
  • Opportunities to develop and grow professionally! 
  • Opportunity to be at your best! 


About Ardagh Group

Ardagh is a global leader in metal and glass packaging solutions, producing packaging for the world’s leading brands. We trace our roots all the way back to the Irish Glass Bottle Company, founded in 1932. Since then we have grown rapidly to a team of more than 16,000 people with revenues of almost $7 billion. Today we have a presence across Europe and the Americas.

  • Did you know that Ardagh produces many of the beverage cans and bottles for your favorite beverages?
  • Did you know we produce metal and glass packaging which are permanent materials, meaning they can be infinitely recycled without any loss of quality?
  • Did you know we produce more than 160 million containers per day?

Ardagh is passionate about sustainability and have a reputation for innovation. We push the boundaries of what’s possible, pioneering new production methods, new design techniques and new ways to recycle and save energy. Our aim is to reduce any negative environmental impact whilst remaining economically sustainable and socially responsible.

We believe that the success of our business depends on the success of our people. We strive to create working environments where our employees feel valued, can work to their full potential, and where their achievements are celebrated.

Here at Ardagh, we offer exciting and rewarding opportunities for talented and creative people. If you have ambition and want to make an impact with your career, come and join our team, you’ll enjoy the journey!

Ardagh is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status. For more information on Ardagh Group, visit

Nearest Major Market: Chicago